Saturday, March 17, 2012

GDB #72 @ Red Deer

Oil Kings (71 49-15-3-4) vs Rebels (71 32-33-1-5)

The Oil Kings wrap up their regular season tonight in Red Deer against the Rebels.  Edmonton is red hot winning their past ten games and lead the WHL's overall standings by one point over the Tri-City Americans.  Last night the Kings knocked off the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-2.  Laurent Brossoit was the game's first star stopping 36 of 38 Tiger shots.  Mark Pysyk, Henrik Samuelsson, Curtis Lazar and Michael St. Croix had goals.

Red Deer has won their last two outings, beating Medicine Hat and Lethbridge in tight affairs.  The Rebels beat the Hurricanes last night 3-2 despite only having 15 healthy skaters.  Cody Thiel, Charles Inglis and Adam Kambeitz tallied for the Rebels, Bolton Pouliot stopped 34 of 36 shots to earn the victory.
Photo: Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings 
Season Series: After losing the first two matchups this season in overtime and a shoot-out, the Oil Kings have beaten the Rebels three straight times.  Two of those games were last week in a back to back series.  The second game got out of control with the teams combining for 156 penalty minutes.

Up Next: The Kings await results from other action to learn who they will face in the first round of the playoffs.  As of now they could play Regina, Kootenay or Brandon.  The standings are as follows

1 *xy Edmonton Oil Kings 105 points
2 *x Moose Jaw Warriors 96
3 x Calgary Hitmen 89
4 x Medicine Hat Tigers 89
5 x Saskatoon Blades 83
6 x Regina Pats 82
7 x Kootenay Ice 82
8 x Brandon Wheat Kings 81

Red Deer, meanwhile wraps up their season tonight as they will finish 9th in the East.  Twenty year old Devan Dubyk will play his final WHL game tonight, as will Alex Petrovic who will join the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League for their playoff push. Petrovic, 19, is a second round pick of the Rampage's parent club, the Florida Panthers.

Out of Town:  The Oil Kings will be watching the out of town scoreboard for a few scores around the league.  Regina is in Brandon, and Kootenay plays in Calgary in the Eastern Conference.  Also they could be waiting on the outcome of Spokane in Tri-City.  An Edmonton victory would clinch the regular season pennant in the WHL, but if Red Deer wins tonight, an American loss would also clinch the top spot for the Kings.
Photo: Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings  

Goals- EDM- Michael St. Croix (44)
RD- John Persson (23)

Points- EDM- St. Croix (103)
RD- Persson (58)

Wins- EDM- Laurent Brossoit (41)
RD-Devan Dubyk (17)

PIMS- EDM- Keegan Lowe (139)
MH- Alex Petrovic (139)


EDM- Mark Pysyk- Buffalo Sabres (1st Round, 2010), Kristians Pelss- Edmonton Oilers (7th, 2010), Keegan Lowe- Carolina Hurricanes (3rd, 2011), Travis Ewanyk- Oilers (3rd, 2011), Michael St. Croix- New York Rangers (4th, 2011), Martin Gernat- Oilers (5th, 2011), Laurent Brossoit- Calgary Flames (6th, 2011)

RD- Justin Weller- Phoenix Coyotes (4th, 2009), Alex Petrovic- Florida Panthers (2nd, 2010), John Persson- New York Islanders (5th, 2011)

Injury Report:

EDM: #11, Dylan Wruck, Upper body, day to day

RD: #3, Aaron Borejko, Upper body, 1 month+
#8, Kayle Doetzel, Upper body, week to week
#10, Turner Elson, Upper body, week to week
#11, Cory Millette, Upper body, week to week
#12, Colten Mayor, Upper body, 1 month+
#16, Joel Hamilton, Upper body, 1 month+
#17, Chad Robinson, Lower body, week to week
#26, Justin Weller, Upper body, 1 month+
#35, Patrik Bartosak, Upper body, season ending

Photo: Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings  
Notes: Oil Kings forward Michael St. Croix is 8th in league scoring (103), Dylan Wruck is tied in 18th (80). Defenceman Martin Gernat is 7th in rookie scoring (55) and he is tied in 7th in scoring amongst defencemen. Oil Kings netminder Laurent Brossoit is 2nd in GAA (2.46), and is 2nd in wins (41). For Red Deer, Mathew Dumba is tied for 5th in scoring amongst defencemen (56), Alex Petrovic is tied for 15th (46).  Patrik Bartosak is 10th in GAA (2.74).  This is the sixth and final meeting between the two clubs this year. Pregame show at 7:20, the puck drops at 7:40 on the Team 1260.